... pushing very hard to try to get this state of emergency declared today. parliament are due to meet in about three hours time. so time is running out. now, this meeting took place, as i say, on wednesday night, wept very early into thursday morning. prime minister nouri al-maliki by all accounts came out disappointed. he has not got the kind of support he needs to get the declaration of state of emergency. he has not got it right now. however, that may change in the coming hours as we get closer to the parliament - this extraordinary parliamentary meeting that will take place at 12 o'clock local. 9 g.m. t. while some of the individuals are against a state of emergency, they have an eye on what has been happening overnight before making that
decision. bring us up to speed on what has been happening. >> well, the key things that have hopped overnight and into today. let's take mosul for the beginning. we have spoken to several sources in the si and people -- city and people living abroad with rebels inside the city. that i.s.i.l. fighters mounted a military parade, they move the concrete barriers away. life is returning to normal. a bugbear of people living in mosul is the amount of army check points. i.s.i.l. fighters removed the check points. people are being treated with respect. no churches have been attacked. this is a mutty ethnic -- multi-ethnic community. no shi'a mosques have been attacked. people are wondering what i.s.i.l.'s end game is. they have heard what has been done in other parts.
in mosul they are bringing a semblance of normality back to the city, and that seems to happen, in the north as well. i.s.i.l. have made a declaration to the army. they have given them a deadline, saying if you don't leave soon we'll come in and take over the city. the army are saying "no, we'll stay and fight back." they did manage to take over six neighbourhoods last week, and when the army came in they withdrew, saying they would return, and that seems to have happened. >> let's go back to the proposed meeting in matter where nouri al-maliki is looking to get the state of emergency ratified there. this is a test of his leadership. and that has been very shaky for a number of years, the two terms that he's been in power. >> well, that's right. at the beginning of the first term people were believed with
nouri al-maliki, he was a candidate acceptable to the kurdish and the sunnis, seen as someone that could unite the shia, and towards the end of the first term iraq was beginning to become a place where people were investing. there were a number of foreign banks, oil companies, and in the last four years things unravelled and unravelled in the last three, parallel with the syrian conflict and the security situation deteriorating here. nouri al-maliki has been isolated, failing to reach out to kurdish groups and hard-core support, shi'as that support him questioned his leadership. what he's done in the last year is gone on a security heavy policy making and decision making front. and that hasn't worked out for him. the security situation is worse.
it has been since 2006. so, yes, many people are looking at this meeting of parliament. if it gets a state of emergency, it will be a vote of confidence in prime minister nouri al-maliki. if it doesn't, it will be seen as a vote of unconfidence, if you like. >> we'll see how the day pans out and comes back to you in the capital. the violence has forced about half a million people to leave their homes in mosul. we report from northern it's a scorching sun. queues of cars, searches are slow, but this is the only road to safety for iraqis and fled mosul since the city fell into the islamic state of iraq and levant. some took as much as they could. others made their way by foot.
>> the battle started in our neighbourhood. the men didn't attack the civilians. we don't know who they are. we left. there was no water or electricity. the vast majority hoping toios into the kurdish region. >> this is how it is. it's not a limbingistical, but a -- logistical but a security change. priorities were given to families or those with a connection with the kurdish region. everyone has to register. single males are not allowed in. there is fear that the members of the i.s.i.l. could infiltrate the north among the flow of refugees. there's evidence that some iraqi soldiers made their way here. they have been the main target of the i.s.i.l. there's fear. this man will not give his name or show his face. >> translation: the armed men are controlling the city. the ones there now are from
mosul. those that defeated the army are from elsewhere. they left. what can nouri al-maliki do. he didn't do anything in tal usualinga -- fallujah, he can't make a difference now. many fear that baghdad will unleash airpower under the city. with a level of uncertainty the kurdish regional government put forces on high alert, bracing itself for a bigger influx of people in the quay to come -- in the days to come. >> to other news. the u.s. launched two drone strikes in north waziristan's area of pakistan. 16 have been killed in the attack. the first in the country this year. pressure has been mounting on pakistan's deposit to launch a ground defensive against the region. washington resumed the program after two attacks in karachi.
let's join the correspondent from the capital. >> the u.s. stopped drone strikes for almost six months. why are they back now. what does this mean for peace talks with the taliban in pakistan. >> well, if you notice, the talks were already deadlocked and after the attack in karachi, any chance of going back to rt negotiating table will definitely not be on the cards. the american strike, as you mentioned, happened six months after the last strict. it was a strike in november that killed the taliban leader in pak sedan, and that prompted a reprisal attack, including the one that took place in karachi. they went in revenge for the killing in the u.s. drone strike. interesting to see the united states has resumed the strikes.
they were concentrating on yemen last night and this morning. there were two major strikes. it was in two areas, one close to the afghan border. every time there's a drone strike that hits t tp hyde outside across pakistan, they retaliate. this complicates matters when we have seen what they can do in karachi in recent days. >> absolutely. the pakistani government has said that there's a violation of the sovereignty whenever the u.s. drone strikes are involved. the pakistani military command met and said they would intensity strikes in that area after what happened at the airport, so the military determining, and there has been no criticism or condemnation of
the foreign office. >> in another developing story out of pakistan, we have the former president under house arrest, on trial for treason. he's been thrown a life-line by the courts. what are you hearing? >> well, if you remember, he was here in islamabad, at a farmhouse declared a subgaol. after that he was allowed to go free. he was not allowed to leave the country. he was on the exit control list. there he moved to karachi, he had serious issues, and his lawyers arrived the high court to grant him a permission that he should be lifted taken off the control list. the high court decided that he should be taken off the exit control list, meaning that
welcome back to al jazeera. moving to south-east asia where south korean police are continuing their hunt for a fugitive billionaire, the owner of a ferry that sank in april, where 300 died. police suspect the alleged owner may be in a church compound and are raiding the area for a second day. 500,000 has been offered for anyone with information on his whereabouts. harry fawcett is our correspondent in the south korean capital. the search is on, harry, day two. have they found anything?
>> the search is on in a huge scale. 3,600 police officers were here. police and prosecutors are tight-lipped about what they have turned up, if anythingment six were arrested on wednesday. five arrested for assumed trips south to south chella province, a strong hold of the religious organization, and businesses. according to the people inside, the spokesman for the church, was that they were trying to help in his evasion of capture. but we don't know anything else that police may have turned up. just to step back and look himself, he is the businessman who heads a wealthy family here. his sons owned a significant amount of shares in a company
that controls theompa that was responsible for the sewol, a ferry that sank with a lose of 300 lives. the suspicion among prosecutors is that he is the real owner. ferry, that it's his actions that they want to examine in terms of corruption and unsafe practices going on in the operation of that ferry. as well as owning the businesses, he's popular among his followers, religious figure, involved in two organization, the salvation sect and the evangelical baptiste church. this is the territory here behind me, and that's why they are so keen to search it, see if they've been masterminding his evasion of capture, and turning up the information. >> briefly, there's a deal of pressure on the police and security services, certainly from the presidency to catch
this man or any member of the family. there's a meeting later in the day. what do we expect to come out of it? >> well, this is a meeting that we were expec get under way an hour ago, and it's a meeting of not just the police and prosecutors, but the military, customs officials, foreign military, it's a huge operation to trace this man. we are not clear yet what has come out of that meeting. it follows an unusual involvement of a two-star general in a meeting last night. the military getting involved and the coast guard to ensure he doesn't get out of the country, stowed away on a ship. all of this is happening late in the day. it's 58 days sense the sewol went down. they should have moved in to get him in the process, rather than
waiting for him to turn up. >> we'll keep thinks updated for what is happening in seoul. returning to the top story on iraq. joining us from london is a senior fellow for the middle east center. at the london school of economics. thanks for joining us on al jazeera. let's focus on nouri al-maliki's meeting with parliamentarians, looking for the state of emergency declarations later in the day. is this absolutely imperative for prime minister nouri al-maliki's survival that he get the state of emergency approved, and he can act. he seems not to have been able to do anything at the moment. >> i doubt whether this is an imperative need or imperative mood to get for mr nouri al-maliki. he has been ruling with emergency situation for the last few months since the elections
and before that. i believe he wants this decision to strengthen his position in the government, and extend his term in office, rather than waiting for the government to be established. >> there has been a great deal of discontent in iraq, in political circles with mr nouri al-maliki's governance, where it's felt he hasn't included the ethnic diversity. how do you read that situation? >> well, the problem with nouri al-maliki, that he tends to create problems without solving them. he create problems with kurdish region, he created problems with the sunni segment provinces, and then - and now he's creating problems with his shia coalition
because of his insistence on having a third term in office. this has been his problem for the last eight years. he creates problems. he does not solve them. he doesn't have the desire to solve the problems. >> one of the major problems we have seen in the last 48 hours of the military and how they reacted to the problems we are seeing in mosul and tikrit. and even officials in the autonomous areas in the north are suggesting that they will bring their troops south to protect the area. are we looking at a head-on clash with i.s.i.l. and baghdad and the autonomous area of kurdistan in the north? >> well, this problem of the behaviour of the military or the so-called leaders of the new
military army is a result of the decision to dissolve the iraqi army in 2003, and establishing a new one depending on militias and sectarian quarters and what have you. you have army officers holding high ranks, who are not capable or efficient enough to hold the ranks. this army was built on corruption, on sectarian beliefs. anything but not military discipline. and that is why you find these people, disintegrating the moment they see a real threat from other parts or other side. the other problem is, i think, that kurdish military forces, have not shown any sign of involvement to defend the iraqi
ar army or to achieve other areas. they may be reserved about what's next for the region, and that's why they are full in arms in order to defend their kurdish areas. i haven't seen of them going south in order to fight i.s.i.l. or any other tribal or militias that have been taking over areas from the iraqi government. >> it's a very fluid situation. we appreciate your ip sight into this. thank you for joining us from the london studio. now, ukraine is struggling to cope with the tens of thousands displaced people escaping from the east. most are escaping slovyansk.
kim vinnell reports on a small city trying to deal with the influx of people. >> reporter: when this family fled they left with the clothes on their backs. they lived beneath a hill, a tactical position for fighters. when the house was shelled they knew it was time to leave. new they live in a soviet camp. >> we had to go away to this hovel to live. we left everything, our home, and for who do we do all of this? where do we go? >> translation: we left without a house, a job or money. >> reporter: 200 live in the camp, refugees from slovyansk. the city here agree it now lies in ruins. >> usually this is a holiday destination, with a population of 5,000, now 25,000 people are calling this place home.
among them 1,000 children have been separated from their parents. 8-year-old yarislav told me his mother took him to the camp, dropped him off and went back to slovyansk. the children are housed and camps used for summer holidays. school-yard games keep them distracted. many find it difficult to forget what they have escaped. >> it was upreal. i was so squared. there were bombings, they were walking along and thinking about how to stay alive. here i can live peacefully i don't have to think about when a bomb can fall on me. >> katia's story is repeated over and over as all of the children wait for news from home, homes that will be different if they are able to
return. >> a well-known egyptian activist has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. he was found guilty of taking part in a demonstration. playing a role in the uprising of president hosni mubarak. 24 years were sentenced to 15 years in gaol on similar charges. >> taxi drivers in european cities staged a strike over what they call is unfair competition from an online application. the uber app is a service connecting drivers with passengers, calculating the fare based on distance driven. licensed taxi drivers say it endangers licences. >> the world cup kicks off in sao paulo in less than 24 hours. there has been protests and fears that sao paulo's metro system would be crippled by more strikes. the union says it will hold a street protest.
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